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August 1

1715  The Riot Act took effect in England.

1779  Francis Scott Key was born in Carroll County, Maryland.

1819  Herman Melville was born in New York City.

1931  Ramblin’ Jack Elliott was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1838  Slavery was abolished in Jamaica.

1942  Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia was born in San Francisco.

1971  The Concert for Bangladesh, New York City.

August 2

1876  “Wild Bill” Hickok was shot and killed at a card table in Deadwood, South Dakota.

1924  Carroll O’Connor was born in Manhattan, New York.

1990  The Iraqi Army invaded Kuwait.

1997  William S. Burroughs died in Lawrence, Kansas at age 83.

August 3

1492  Cristóbal Colón set sail for India.

1958  Helga E. Stürmer Roessler and John O. Wilson were married.

1981  President Ronald Reagan fired PATCO union air traffic controllers.

2002  Terrapin Station – Grateful Dead Family Reunion at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin. (August 3-4)

August 4

1901  Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans.

August 5

1100  Henry I crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.

1906  John Huston was born in Nevada, Missouri.

1930  Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

1962  Marilyn Monroe was found dead in Los Angeles at age 36.

1984  Richard Burton died in Geneva, Switzerland at age 58.

August 6

1806  The Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis II abdicated.

1809  Alfred Lord Tennyson was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England.

1945  First atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. over Hiroshima, Japan.

August 7

1926  Stan Freberg was born in Pasadena, California.

August 8

1974  Richard Nixon announced his resignation as President of the United States, effective noon the next day.

1988  The "8888 Uprising" occurred in Burma.

August 9

1945  Second atomic bombing of Japan by the U.S. at Nagasaki.

1974  Richard Nixon resigned U.S. Presidency.

1995  Jerry Garcia died in Forest Knolls, California at age 53.

August 10

1675  Foundation stone laid of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London.

1793  Musée du Louvre officially opened in Paris.

1821  Missouri was admitted as the 24th U.S. state.

August 11

1934  First prisoners arrived at Alcatraz Island.

1965  The Watts Riots broke out in Los Angeles.

2014  Robin Williams died in Paradise Cay, California at age 63.

August 12

1851  Isaac Singer got a sewing machine patent.

1881  American film director Cecil B. DeMille was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

2014  Lauren Bacall died in Manhattan, New York at age 89.

August 13

1831  Blue sun observed throughout U.S. South.

1899  Alfred Hitchcock was born in London.

1926  Fidel Castro was born in Cuba.

1952  Tom Davis was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

2012  Helen Gurley Brown died in New York City at age 90.

August 14

1040  King Duncan I of Scotland was killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth.

1935  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act.

1941  David Crosby was born in Los Angeles.

1959  First satellite photo of Earth from space.

2001  Dr. Oscar Janiger, psychiatrist and LSD pioneer, died in Torrance, California at age 83.

August 15

 778  Roland was killed by the Basques at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in the Pyrenees.

1057  King Macbeth was killed by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.

1769  Napoleon Bonaparte was born on Corsica.

1771  Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1912  Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California.

1945  A riot ensued in San Francisco while the city was celebrating the end of World War II.

1969  Woodstock began near Bethel, New York.

2012  Harry Harrison died.

August 16

1328  The House of Gonzaga seized power of the Duchy of Mantua.

1884  Hugo Gernsback was born in Luxembourg.

1888  T. E. Lawrence “of Arabia” was born in Wales.

1939  Last stage performance at the Hippodrome vaudeville hall in New York City.

1948  Babe Ruth died in New York City at age 53.

1977  Elvis Presley died in Memphis at age 42.

August 17

1786  Davy Crockett was born in Greene County, Tennessee.

1893  Actress Mae West was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1959  Kind of Blues by Miles Davis was released.

August 18

1587  Virginia Dare became the first English child born on American soil, on Roanoke Island.

2012  Scott McKenzie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, died in Los Angeles.

August 19

1839  Daguerreotype process divulged.

1848  Gustave Caillebotte was born in Paris.

1946  Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas.

1977  Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles at age 86.

August 20

1882  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow.

1890  H. P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island.

1938  Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam.

August 21

1821  Jarvis Island, South Pacific, discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.

1983  Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. was assassinated at Manila International Airport.

2017  The next total solar eclipse that will be visible from North America.

August 22

 565  Columba, an Irish abbot, reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.

1485  English King Richard III died in battle.

1851  Yacht America won First America’s Cup.

1862  French composer Achille-Claude Debussy was born in France.

1917  John Lee Hooker was born in Coahoma County, Mississippi.

1920  Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois.

1947  Donna Godchaux was born in Florence, Alabama.

August 23

1839  United Kingdom captured Hong Kong.

1946  Keith Moon was born in London.

2012  Jerry Nelson died in Cape Cod, Massachusetts at age 78.

August 24

  79   Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

1662  The Act of Uniformity required England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.

1899  Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires.

1981  Mark David Chapman sentenced in New York to 20 years to life for slaying John Lennon.

2014  Earthquake at 3:20 AM measuring 6.0 - 6 km northwest of American Canyon, California.

August 25

  79   Pliny the Elder died in Stabiae, Campania, Roman Empire at age 55-56 (in the eruption that destroyed Pompeii).

1609  Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

1910  Dorothea Tanning was born in Galesburg, Illinois.

1913  Cartoonist Walt Kelly was born in Philadelphia.

1918  Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

1989  Voyager 2 passed Neptune.

2012  Neil Armstrong died in Cincinnati at age 82.

August 26

1789  The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.

1791  John Fitch was granted a United States patent for the steamboat.

1821  The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina was officially opened.

1883  The island volcano Krakatoa began erupting with increasingly large explosions.

1960  Bradford Marsalis was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

1981  Voyager 2 passed Saturn.

August 27

1877  Brigham Young died in Salt Lake City at age 76.

1912  Tarzan of the Apes was published.

1932  First public autogiro loop-the-loop was performed in Cleveland.

August 28

1859  The Carrington event (a geomagnetic solar storm) disrupted telegraph services and caused aurora brightly and clearly seen over the Earth’s middle latitudes.

1968  Police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democrats nominated Hubert Humphrey for President.

1987  John Huston died in Middletown, Rhode Island at age 81.

August 29

1607  Strange noises heard in the London sky.

1786  Shays’ Rebellion began in Massachusetts.

1920  Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas.

1966  The Beatles played their last live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

August 30

1797  Mary Shelley was born in London.

1908  Actor Fred MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois.

1943  Cartoonist/musician R. Crumb was born in Philadelphia.

August 31

1945  Bob Welch was born in Los Angeles.

1946  First Foghorn Leghorn cartoon, Walky Talky Hawky, debuted.

1997  Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris.

2002  Lionel Hampton died in New York City at age 94.

2006  The Scream, Edvard Munch’s stolen painting was recovered by Norwegian police.

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